Chad Simmons

OU offers week in review

Recapping the week that was for OU on the trail.

It can be hard to keep track of all the offers being made by Oklahoma during the spring evaluation period.

That’s where we come in. For those who missed any of them, a recap of the offers made by the Sooners this week.

Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic TE Hunter Bryant

OU already has its tight end in the class with Grant Calcaterra, but Bryant could serve another purpose. With Dimitri Flowers being a junior this season, seems like it’s time to start looking for that next H-Back. Bryant could absolutely be that guy. Ranked No. 6 tight end and No. 230 in the Scout 300, it will be interesting to see if Bryant accepts a role like that going forward. The OU offer seems to have meant a lot to him, at least initially. Now we’ll see how things progress going forward.

Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab OT Adrian Ealy

OU and Michigan offered on the same day. Some would say that’s not too bad. Very intriguing if any school can make any serious traction when you’re offering someone from Baton Rouge who already has an offer from LSU. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is searching for some more quality offensive linemen for the 2017 class, but it’s hard to envision the Sooners being able to make serious headway with this one.

2018 Katy (Texas) Taylor DE Max Wright

Wright is somebody to watch during this spring evaluation period, and OU was smart to get in there nice and early. Wright already had some quality offers before the Sooners, but at least now OU is already in the game before things really heat up. It’s starting to becoming increasingly clear that defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux has a handle on things in his first year back in Norman, attacking for both the 2017 and 2018 classes.

2018 Angleton (Texas) High ATH B.J. Foster

This week has been a huge one for B.J. Foster so it was crucial for the Sooners to throw their hat into the ring this early in the process. Foster earned five offers from Power 5 conference schools this week and seems destined to stay in the Big 12. With an athlete label, it’s tough to know exactly at this point where OU sees Foster fitting in. Seems more like the Sooners realizing waiting around for someone as talented as Foster would be a very foolish thing to do.

2018 Newbury Park (Calif.) High QB Cameron Rising

And there you have it. The first legitimate candidate for the 2018 quarterback spot for the Sooners. OU has made a couple of offers, but it never felt like the Sooners were really in the hunt for Trevor Lawrence or Joey Gatewood (Auburn commit). That changes now with Rising, following the offer from Lincoln Riley after a visit Tuesday afternoon. Rising has offers from coast-to-coast so it won’t be easy, but OU is firmly in this game.

2019 Phoenix Pinnacle QB Spencer Rattler

Say what? Yes, don’t adjust your eyes, OU followed the 2018 quarterback offer with one for the 2019 class Wednesday evening. Two things pop out about this offer. No. 1? OU wasn’t even close to being Rattler’s first offer with the Sooners officially being No. 5 for Rattler. No. 2? Everybody you talk to is already saying this is a legit offer and that Rattler has some serious skills. He just finished his freshman season but sounds like best is yet to come.

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories